Bike Safety

Bicycling has grown in popularity across North Carolina, both as a recreational sport and a regular mode of transportation. Many areas offer bike lanes and bike-friendly facilities to accommodate those traveling by two pedals. However, bicyclists are particularly vulnerable road users. It’s all of our responsibility to watch for each other.

North Carolina Bicycle Laws

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Riding at Night

Bicyclists riding at night must have an active, white front light (visible from at least 300 ft) and a rear red light (visible from 300 ft) or reflective clothing.

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Riding with Traffic

Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as other vehicle traffic.

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Bicycle Helmets

Every person under 16 year old must wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path, or other public right-of-way.

  • When driving a car, give 3 feet between you and a bicyclist.

  • Treat your bike as a vehicle, and follow the rules of the road.

  • Ride in the street and not on sidewalks. You are more visible to drivers pulling out of intersections and driveways.

  • When riding next to parked cars, watch for opening doors.